Kamasi Washington’s new album certainly lives up to the billing. A 32-piece orchestra, 20-strong choir and 10-band members producing a 172-min(...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? I very much enjoyed Mark O’Rowe’s Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, not least because it(...)

Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

Every minute of the day more than 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube. It’s an inventory that will include a huge swathe of this, that and th(...)

Nun of the above: Agata Kulesza in Ida

It’s Poland in the early 1960s. Ida (Agata Trzebuchowska), a young orphan raised by Catholic nuns, leaves the convent so that she might meet her es(...)

Live at the Village Vanguard is surely the most pungent of album titles, promising top-tier New York musicians and an environment that brings out t(...)

Wayne Shorter: ‘If there’s a lot of praise, where are the record sales?’ Photograph: Keith Tsuji/Getty

For Wayne Shorter, the past is not just another country, it’s a distant galaxy. Only now matters. It’s what you would expect from an iconic jazz music(...)

Ernie Watts: credit list runs to recordings for Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and the Rolling Stones. Photograph: Patricia Watts

If you’ve listened to music in the past 50 years, then you’ve probably heard Ernie Watts play his saxophone many times. Being a first-call horn pla(...)

Guitarist Pat Metheny can be hard to pin down. To hardcore fans he is the musical deity who leads the Pat Metheny Group, a crafter of blissed-out groo(...)

Ahmad Jamal: ‘There’s no such thing as old music. It’s either good or bad. They’re still playing Debussy’s Clair de Lune. How old is that?’ Photograph: JB Millot

Ahmad Jamal wears his “living legend” tag lightly. One of the most celebrated pianists in American music for the better part of six decades, he is cit(...)

Gay Byrne presenting his show on RTÉ Lyric FM. Photograph: Alan Betson

In studio Gay Byrne is a vision in cornflower cashmere. He has his newspaper clippings, which he reads out during the show, carefully pasted on to A4 (...)